Sometimes you are blessed with a friend who is your kitchen soulmate…this cooking buddy of mine just happens to be my best friend, and we’ve loved cooking and making things for as long as I can remember. I mean, our first time baking in the kitchen consisted of us being horrified when we pulled globs of dark brown mushiness from the oven…they were supposed to be chocolate chip cookies. That was years ago. Now, we’re a little better at our cooking skills. We’re not professional, but we always have fun and the stuff we bake or cook always manages to taste good.
I made some zucchini fritters with her the other day, and she pulled out some homemade marinara sauce to go along with it. The marinara sauce she made was better than any marinara sauce in a jar I’ve tasted because it was so packed with flavor. I decided to have my own shot at it.
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 7-8 ripe tomatoes, diced
- Fresh basil leaves
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat olive oil and saute garlic and onions.
Add carrots and bell peppers until soft, season with salt and pepper.
Add chopped tomatoes and simmer.
Mix in some ketchup.
Let simmer until mixture thickens.
Add fresh basil.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Place mixture into blender to get a smoother texture.
Serve over your favorite pasta, enjoy!
For this step, if you don’t have green bell peppers, you can add celery.
I ended up grating some of my carrots so that it wouldn’t take as long for the carrots to get softer.
Fresh basil that grows right in our backyard!
Tomatoes that grow in our backyard as well!
A lot of this tangy and sweet flavor comes from the ketchup. You don’t have to add it, but I personally love the flavor that it adds.
If you like your marinara sauce to be a little chunky, you can skip this step. I blend it for around 15-20 seconds just to get a smoother consistency, but not too much because I still like my marinara sauce to be somewhat chunky.
Who knew marinara sauce could have so many vegetables? I think this a great way to get your kids to eat vegetables…my family was surprised when I told them that there were carrots and bell peppers inside!
Bon appétit! ♥